Post written by Raymund and Denielle Tamayo
Principles of responsibility, discipline, and independence are some of the things we wish to teach our children. Some of us even attempt to live these philosophies in our own life.
Make no mistake about it, being responsible, self-controlled, and self-reliant are good.
The inherent danger, however, is if, or when, our outlook comes to the point when we trust more in ourselves than in God.
This outlook creates two hazards that can both lead to spiritual decay.
The first one is arrogance. Pride becomes unhealthy when everything is going great in our lives, and we become convinced that nothing wrong can happen in our world.
The second is depression. It works itself in our hearts when we meet the unavoidable challenges of life – sickness, financial problems, a broken relationship.
What happens when something occurs out of your control and you’re the one seriously affected? What would you do? What can you do?
The answer is to trust God daily – acknowledging that He is the Source of all good gifts and successes (keeps us grounded), and our Safe Refuge when times are hard (builds us up).
When we put our complete confidence in Him, He is faithful to direct our steps in all the circumstances of our lives.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and He will give you success.” – Proverbs 3:5-6